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How Obama Wins
Townhall.com ^ | February 27, 2013 | Ben Shapiro

Posted on 02/27/2013 3:53:44 PM PST by Kaslin

President Obama is one of the great political knife-fighters in modern history. He is a failed president -- his economy is bleak, his foreign policy bleaker, his vision for American even bleaker still. But he wins.

He wins by losing.

President Obama has only had two major policy victories during his tenure: the stimulus package and Obamacare. Both are massively unpopular. The stimulus package launched the tea party movement. Obamacare led to the Republican wipeout of 2010.

Then Obama began to lose. He wasn't able to push forward climate change legislation or immigration reform or gun control or increased taxes before the election of 2012. And he won a sweeping electoral victory. The strategy was -- and is -- simple. Obama pursues policies that are widely popular and then purposefully sinks them by casting Republicans as obstructionists.

He is not truly interested in immigration reform; Republicans are fools to think that he is. Obama wants to raise the issue of immigration reform so that he can demonize Republicans as anti-Hispanic. That's why Obama ignores the broad support for an immigration plan that would provide border security once and for all and then deal with the illegal immigrants who live here. Instead, he proposes an immigration plan that would do nothing for border security while essentially granting gradual amnesty to those already here -- and to millions more who will cross the border unmolested.

By doing so, Obama puts himself in a no-lose situation: If immigration reform passes, he takes credit; if not, he blames Republicans as racists who simply don't like Hispanics. The media will abet this little game. Suddenly a failed proposal from Obama becomes a political winner for him.

The same holds true of the sequester. President Obama originated the sequester. It was his idea to put into place an automatic cut in the rate of spending increase, and it was his idea to focus those cuts on the defense industry. Republicans, idiotically believing that Obama was interested in honest negotiation, voted for sequestration. Now Obama runs to the cameras to suggest that if these cuts go forward, the world will end. All he asks to avert this earth-shattering crisis is a few tax increases. The media helps him pimp this narrative.

Again, it's a no-lose for Obama. If sequestration is averted, Obama takes the credit. If not, he gets to cast Republicans as hard-hearted Scrooges who want Tiny Tim to starve to death. Another failed proposal, another victory for Obama.

What does all this achieve? It achieves electoral victory. Once Democrats have enough votes in the House and Senate to ram through their agenda, the game is over: Obama forces through his policies. America moves to the left.

Obama understands what Republicans do not: Politics is a waiting game. If nothing gets done with a split government, Obama is happy to live with that. Meanwhile, he'll demagogue each and every issue until he gets the votes he needs to truly transform America.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: immigrationreform; obama; sequestration

1 posted on 02/27/2013 3:53:50 PM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
He is a failed president -- his economy is bleak, his foreign policy bleaker, his vision for American even bleaker still.

No, he is a successful president - his masters are the barbarians who want to turn this country into a third-world socialist hellhole.

He is well on his way to accomplishing that goal, so in his eyes and in the eyes of those who pull his strings, he's wildly successful.

2 posted on 02/27/2013 4:02:17 PM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Kaslin

Brilliant assessment and spot on. The lack of a any action coming out of DC is actually a great thing. What keeps me up at night is that Obama is cleverly waiting until after 2014 to do the most damage. They fine tuned the election fraud machine in 2012, they are demonizing Republicans left and right, the Republicans are collapsing like a sun-rotted plastic lawn chairs, and those conservatives among us are waiting for “the first shots” in a CWII that most likely will never come, leaving us looking like radicals.

America is rotted out like a sun-bleached cow skull. We’ve just not yet been picked apart by the world superpowers, but with a significantly reduced and debilitated military, that might not be too far off.


3 posted on 02/27/2013 4:08:31 PM PST by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: Kaslin

Obama wins because the House and Senate Republicans talk a bug game, but when the clock starts and the House and Senate Republicans vote, they collapse like a house of cards.

The Republicans are like the Washington Generals, each day they play the Globetrotters and the final score is determined before the game begins.


4 posted on 02/27/2013 4:09:45 PM PST by OKRA2012
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To: Kaslin

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5 posted on 02/27/2013 4:11:22 PM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Kaslin

How Obama Wins


He wins by being canonized by commies other socialists, fascists, and others hoping for Chaos..

When EBT(welfare) funds dry up there WILL BE chaos in the streets..
How soon?... Whenever the democrats deem to do it..
Could be TOMORROW.. or later today..

Once the grocery stores get flash mobbed the “fat’s in the fire”..
The spiral to chaos begins.. could be very quickly..

The mob(s) will learn quickly how to assemble AND dis-assemble quickly..
by the time the police arrive (if they do).. the mobs will become peaceful citizens again..

When it starts there will be no going back.. it will spiral out of control.. of even the military..
It will start in the big cities..

YOU KNOW... it MUST happen.. and it must..
Any that thinks it WON’T happen is delusional.. shun them..
Spending your way to prosperity is a cartoon..

Don’t be Wiley E. Coyote.. the Acme SAFE is on it’s way..
AND............. you’re not the Roadrunner.. NO!.. you’re not..


6 posted on 02/27/2013 4:12:06 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: hosepipe
The mob(s) will learn quickly how to assemble AND dis-assemble quickly..

Cellphones, and especially free, anonymous cellphones, are a big enabler here.

7 posted on 02/27/2013 4:14:33 PM PST by Pearls Before Swine
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To: hosepipe

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8 posted on 02/27/2013 4:16:06 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: Kaslin
As some famous frenchman once said around the time of the bloody French Revolution: "Audacity! Audacity! Audacity!"

After all he wrote the book "The Audacity of Hope" so he's no dope, well er... um... I meant to say (what was I thinking?) Phhhhhht!!!

9 posted on 02/27/2013 4:18:16 PM PST by SierraWasp (Mark Twain said: "It's easier to fool someone than to convince them they've been fooled!!!)
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To: hosepipe

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10 posted on 02/27/2013 4:19:53 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: Kaslin

Rush had a rant on this very subject some time ago. It is right on point. Obama campaigns against all the ‘bad’ things that he has created and then blames others for inaction or complicity. The morons on the left, and I include most of the media, suck this tactic up like candy. Hitler destroyed an entire nation and most of Europe using it. Obama,”USA today, tomorrow...the world”. His father’s dream.


11 posted on 02/27/2013 4:20:24 PM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Kaslin

It is disingenuous to try to credit Obama for being a great political mind. The media is wholly a campaign arm for Obama and the Democrats and runs interference for him. He gets away with lying without even a raised eyebrow from the people that are supposed to hold truth to power. No matter how ridiculous his claims about the Republicans, the economy, healthcare or anything, the media runs with it like it is fact. Calling Obama a great “knife fighter” in this scenario is like moving the outfield fence in to about 100 feet at a baseball field and calling a hitter the greatest long ball hitter in history because he can check swing homeruns.


12 posted on 02/27/2013 4:20:44 PM PST by Yogafist
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To: Kaslin

So, he picks his fights has a game plan
while the opposition has no organized way to
counter these objectives.

No leadership.
No representation.
No one who will with stand against
the mocking media and fight with plain talk
what is needed to implement
what the second amendment was meant for.


13 posted on 02/27/2013 4:32:08 PM PST by right way right (What's it gonna take?)
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To: Kaslin
Then Obama began to lose. He wasn't able to push forward climate change legislation or immigration reform or gun control or increased taxes before the election of 2012. And he won a sweeping electoral victory. The strategy was -- and is -- simple. Obama pursues policies that are widely popular and then purposefully sinks them by casting Republicans as obstructionists.

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But were those policies "wildly popular"? It looks to me like most of them aren't -- from Obamacare and the stimulus to higher taxes, immigration amnesty and coercive climate change policies. I don't think Obama "purposefully sinks them" either. He doesn't need to. They won't pass whatever he does.

Whatever else Obama may or may not understand, he gets that divided government means that voters don't expect him to do much. For his voters (a little over 50% of the population) it's enough that he isn't a Republican, and that's why he got reelected.

For his people, it's not about climate change or the stimulus. It's about continued access to abortion and no budget cuts -- no rollback of anything government does. And while the president can't get anything else done, he delivers on that for them.

14 posted on 02/27/2013 4:33:46 PM PST by x
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To: right way right

I call for taking action against the lapdog media.
Being too descriptive gets my comment yanked.

I do respect the right of the forums owners to do so.


15 posted on 02/27/2013 4:43:46 PM PST by right way right (What's it gonna take?)
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To: right way right

I love how he has to rely on his *puppet people* standing behind him in every speech. Can’t he stand on his own two feet?


16 posted on 02/27/2013 6:13:56 PM PST by cradle of freedom (Long live the Republic !)
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To: right way right

I love how he has to rely on his *puppet people* standing behind him in every speech. Can’t he stand on his own two feet?


17 posted on 02/27/2013 6:14:47 PM PST by cradle of freedom (Long live the Republic !)
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19 posted on 02/27/2013 6:17:09 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: cradle of freedom

Yes, and imagine if becoming a puppet for this SOB became a risky job.


20 posted on 02/27/2013 6:20:09 PM PST by right way right (What's it gonna take?)
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To: onyx

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21 posted on 02/27/2013 6:23:58 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Kaslin; All
Ben Shapiro: "President Obama has only had two major policy victories during his tenure: the stimulus package and Obamacare."

The reason that I ignore so-called "conservative" commentators like Obama guard dog Fx News and Ben Shapiro is the following. Regarding Obama's so-called "policy victory" with Obamacare, all that the Supreme Court's green light for Obamacare proved is that the Supreme Court is just as corrupt as the legislative and executive branches of the federal government are.

This is evidenced by the following excerpts from Supreme Court opinions, previously posted in related threads, where justices who actually respected the Constituton had previously clarified that Congress has no constitutional authority to tax and spend for public healthcare purposes.

"State inspection laws, health laws, and laws for regulating the internal commerce of a State, and those which respect turnpike roads, ferries, &c. are not within the power granted to Congress (emphases added)." --Gibbons v. Ogden, 1824.
"Congress is not empowered to tax for those purposes which are within the exclusive province of the States." --Chief Justice Marshall, Gibbons v. Ogden, 1824.

Justice Barbour later expanded on the "health laws" excerpt above as evidenced by the following excerpt.

"Inspection laws, quarantine laws, health laws of every description (emphasis added), as well as laws for regulating the internal commerce of a state and those which respect turnpike roads, ferries, &c., are component parts of this mass." --Justice Barbour, New York v. Miln, 1837.

And a decade before Constitution-ignoring socialist President FDR declared war on Constitution-respecting justices, the Supreme Court had again clarified that Congress has no business sticking its big nose into intrastate medical practice.

“Direct control of medical practice in the states is obviously beyond the power of Congress.” –Linder v. United States, 1925.

So I'm not buying Mr. Shapiro's remark about constitutionally indefensible federal Obamacare being a victory for Obama.

22 posted on 02/27/2013 8:17:17 PM PST by Amendment10
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